In the shadow of the military, Tamils continue clearing LTTE cemetery

Though the Sri Lankan military has completely destroyed and occupied the site of a former LTTE cemetery in Mullaitivu, locals from the region embarked on clearing areas around the cemetery ahead of Maaveerar Naal this month. The cemetery - or Thuyilum Illam - was bulldozed by the Sri Lankan army in 2009. The site, in Alampil, is now entirely occupied by the military. Despite this, locals proceeded to clear shrubs in the surrounding areas in the run-up to Maaveerar Naal - or Heroes’ Day - which is marked on November 27th. Alampil is a heavily militarised area and one that has seen intense...

India continues five-year ban on LTTE

Delhi’s High Court confirmed, on 7 November, that they will uphold a five-year ban on the LTTE (Liberational Tigers of Tamil Eelam) despite hearing from the leader of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko, who are sympathetic to armed struggle. India has been the LTTE since the assassination of prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs extended the ban for a further 5 years on May 14 but on May 27 a tribunal was set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to allow sympathisers to make their case. The...

Petition against MCC to be heard by 5 judge bench

A five judge bench has been appointed to hear three Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the signing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC), Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA). The petitions were filed by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), three Buddhist monks, namely Angulugalle Siri Jinanda Thero, Bengamuwe Nalaka Anunayake Thero and Madegoda Abhayathissa Thero, and Attorney-at-law Dharshana Weraduwage, according to the Daily Mirror. They allege that signing these agreements violates the territorial...

'Healthy mind, body and soul’ – Mental Health day marked in London

How do you achieve a healthy mind, body and soul? This was the question that was addressed at the World Mental Health event held in Kingston on Nov 3 rd , 2019 to commemorate Mental Health Day organised by the Centre for Community Development.

Sirisena says monks requested clemency for Royal Park murderer

President Maithripala Sirisena said a group of leading monks, including Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero, had requested clemency for the convicted murderer of Yvonne Jonsson. The Colombo Gazette reported that the President’s media division statement said that many religious leaders, former Supreme Court judges, lawyers, civil society leaders and youth leaders had made appealed to the President, recommending a Presidential pardon to the murderer, Jude Jayamaha, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. “Ven Athraliye Rathana Thero, Member of Parliament, played a key role and...

British navy officials visit Sri Lankan military base

Officials from the Royal British Navy visited a Sri Lankan military base in Trincomalee last month, where they met with navy officials and masked Sri Lankan soldiers. Commodore Simon Huntington from the British navy and Defence Attaché to the British High Commission in Sri Lanka Colonel David Ausman were taken on a tour of the Sri Lankan navy base , and shown a military demonstration by Sri Lankan troops. Their visit came amidst criticism of British training for Sri Lankan soldiers who stand accused of massacring tens of thousands of Tamil civilians during a 2009 military offensive. To date,...

12 charged for ‘LTTE links’ might not get fair trial

Lawyers expressed concern that the 12 people charged for alleged ‘LTTE links’ may not get a fair trial. Speaking to Malaysiakini, lawyer New Sin Yew said, “When someone is charged for terrorism-related offences, their criminal trial is governed by SOSMA, which is different from a normal criminal trial.’ He added that SOSMA takes away many safeguards for a fair trial under the Criminal Procedure Code and the Evidence Act, therefore favouring the prosecution. R Sivananthan, another lawyer said that in during the trial, a witness will be able to give hearsay evidence in court which is admissible...

Red and yellow saris and cakes as Indian flight lands in Jaffna

Celebrations were held in Jaffna this morning as the first commercial international flight to Palaly, landed from Tamil Nadu.

The lesser evil?

In the lead up to the Sri Lankan Presidential election 16 November, both Sinhala and Tamil political commentators have quipped that this election is a clear cut choice between “the lesser of two evils” and have insisted on drawing parallels to the 2015 and 2005 elections...

Sri Lanka has no ‘accountability for war crimes’ - Human Rights Watch

A decade on since the end of the armed conflict there has been “no accountability for war crimes and other abuses” said Human Rights Watch, in an appeal to Sri Lanka’s next president on Monday. “Sri Lanka’s presidential election is certain to have important implications for human rights in the country, including justice for wartime violations,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Whoever is elected president will be under domestic and international scrutiny to ensure that Sri Lanka meets its human rights obligations.” The statement went on to note that the...

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